2 Samuel 7

David, God, and Nathan talk about houses and stuff
7:1-29

7:1 And it came to pass, when the king sat in his house, and the LORD had given him rest round about from all his enemies;

7:2 That the king said unto Nathan the prophet, See now, I dwell in an house of cedar, but the ark of God dwelleth within curtains.

One day, king David sat in his house and said to Nathan the prophet, "I live in a house of cedar, but the ark lives within curtains."

7:3 And Nathan said to the king, Go, do all that is in thine heart; for the LORD is with thee.

Nathan said to David, "Do whatever you want, because God is with you."

7:4 And it came to pass that night, that the word of the LORD came unto Nathan, saying,

That evening, the word of the Lord came to Nathan and told him to deliver this message to David:

7:5 Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the LORD, Shalt thou build me an house for me to dwell in?

Sould you build me a house to live in?

7:6 Whereas I have not dwelt in any house since the time that I brought up the children of Israel out of Egypt, even to this day, but have walked in a tent and in a tabernacle.

I haven't lived in a proper house since I brought the Israelites out of Egypt. Since then, I've walked in a tent and a tabernacle.

7:7 In all the places wherein I have walked with all the children of Israel spake I a word with any of the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people Israel, saying, Why build ye not me an house of cedar?

In all the time that I've been with children of Israel, did I ever asked them to build me a house of cedar?

7:8 Now therefore so shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, from following the sheep, to be ruler over my people, over Israel:

I took you from following sheep to being king of Israel.

7:9 And I was with thee whithersoever thou wentest, and have cut off all thine enemies out of thy sight , and have made thee a great name, like unto the name of the great men that are in the earth.

I've been with you wherever you went, cutting off your enemies out of sight [1], making you great.

7:10 Moreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as beforetime,

I've given the Israelites a place to live, without being afflicted by wicked people.

7:11 And as since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel, and have caused thee to rest from all thine enemies. Also the LORD telleth thee that he will make thee an house.

I commanded judges over the people and protected you from your enemies. Also I'm building you a house.

7:12 And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom.

And when you die, I'll set up your seed that will come out of your bowels to rule after you.

7:13 He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever.

He will build me a house and I'll establish his throne forever. [2]

7:14 I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men:

I'll be his father, and he'll be my son. If he does something wrong, I'll punish him with the rod and stripes.

How many sons does God have?

7:15 But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee.

I'll always be merciful to him, and I won't abandon him like I did Saul.

7:16 And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.

Your house, kingdom, and trhone will last forever. [2]

7:17 According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David.

7:18 Then went king David in, and sat before the LORD, and he said, Who am I, O Lord GOD? and what is my house, that thou hast brought me hitherto?

After Nathan told him what God said, David sat in front of God and said:

Who am I? What is my house? Why have you brought me here?

7:19 And this was yet a small thing in thy sight, O Lord GOD; but thou hast spoken also of thy servant's house for a great while to come. And is this the manner of man, O Lord GOD?

You've talked about my house, and said it will last a long time.

7:20 And what can David say more unto thee? for thou, Lord GOD, knowest thy servant.

What more can I say to you? You know me.

7:21 For thy word's sake, and according to thine own heart, hast thou done all these great things, to make thy servant know them.

You've done great things for me, so that I will know it.

7:22 Wherefore thou art great, O LORD God: for there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears.

You are great. Nobody's like you. There aren't any gods like you, at least not that we've heard about.

7:23 And what one nation in the earth is like thy people, even like Israel, whom God went to redeem for a people to himself, and to make him a name, and to do for you great things and terrible, for thy land, before thy people, which thou redeemedst to thee from Egypt, from the nations and their gods?

And what nation is like Israel? You really made a name for yourself with them. You did great and terrible things to other nations and their gods.

7:24 For thou hast confirmed to thyself thy people Israel to be a people unto thee for ever: and thou, LORD, art become their God.

The people of Israel are your people, and you are their God.

7:25 And now, O LORD God, the word that thou hast spoken concerning thy servant, and concerning his house, establish it for ever, and do as thou hast said.

Establish me and my house forever, and do what you said you'd do.

7:26 And let thy name be magnified for ever, saying, The LORD of hosts is the God over Israel: and let the house of thy servant David be established before thee.

Let your name be magnified, and let my house be established forever.

7:27 For thou, O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, hast revealed to thy servant, saying, I will build thee an house: therefore hath thy servant found in his heart to pray this prayer unto thee.

You said you'd build a house for me, so I decided to say this prayer to you.

7:28 And now, O Lord GOD, thou art that God, and thy words be true, and thou hast promised this goodness unto thy servant:

You are God. Your words are true. And be good to me like you promised.

Does God lie?

7:29 Therefore now let it please thee to bless the house of thy servant, that it may continue for ever before thee: for thou, O Lord GOD, hast spoken it: and with thy blessing let the house of thy servant be blessed for ever.

Bless my house. Make it last forever. You've said it would last forever, so let be blessed forever.